Forestry Commission Scotland’s A82 programme kicks up a gear!

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28 AUGUST 2013NEWS RELEASE No: 16042

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Now that the peak summer traffic flows have reduced,  Forestry Commission Scotland is gearing up to resume its steep ground harvesting and slope stabilisation programme along the Great Glen.

Works will begin on 9 September at Glen Righ (south of Fort William) and at Loch Lochy (north of Spean Bridge).

At both locations –

  • one lane will be closed between the hours of 8.00am to 6.00pm
  • traffic lights will be removed at the end of each working day

At Glen Righ-

  • traffic management will be in place until mid October to allow the erection of catch fencing, further rock scaling and rock removal.

At Loch Lochy-

  • felling will be carried out beside the A82 until 15 November
  • there will be some short periods (max 10 min) of road closure in both directions
  • all vehicles queueing will be allowed to clear from both directions  before another short closure takes place
  • close liaison will be maintained with emergency services during these closure periods to ensure they are not delayed

Alex MacLeod, who is managing the project for the Commission, said:

“We will be working at two locations this time, with preparatory works at Glen Righ and felling work at Loch Lochy.

"At both sites, in the interests of public safety, we need to have traffic management in place while work is actually underway. However at the end of the working day the road will be reopened to two way traffic. Delays to traffic will be kept to a minimum.

Once again, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience that might arise from these works.”

The Skyline team working with the Commission has already cleared four steep ground sites along the A82 and will move to Loch Lochy in September to clear the worst of the windblown timber from the Dec 2011 storms. The traffic management at Loch Lochy will be in place North of the Corriegour Lodge Hotel.

Alex added;

“After Loch Lochy the harvesting team will be moving to Invermoriston. The work there won’t affect the A82 directly but it is an important element in our plan to upgrade and re-route the Great Glen Way. This will divert walkers away from other steep ground sites that are part of our long-term programme of work along the A82.”

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Up to date traffic management information can be found on the Traffic Scotland Web site

Notes to Editors
1. Forestry Commission Scotland is part of the Scottish Government's Environment & Forestry Directorate

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3. There are two main types of skyline system – the low level, which raises the front of the load just enough to allow it free passage over obstacles, and the fully or partially suspended skyline systems, which uses a locking carriage to hold the load firmly in place and carry it over obstacles entirely.

4. Tha FCS ag obair mar bhuidheann-stiùiridh coilltearachd Riaghaltas na h-Alba agus a' riaghladh nan 660,000 heactairean ann an Oighreachd na Coille Nàiseanta, a' dìonadh, a' cumail smachd air agus a' leudachadh nan coilltean gus buannachdan a thoirt dha coimhearsnachdan, an eaconamaidh agus, ag obair an aghaidh atharrachadh gnàth-shìde.